An ex-skater’s take on skating for children today
I was asked to post about skating for kids on one of my favorite parenting groups and I did an elaborate post on it. So decided to share the same here and would be editing more in a while 🙂
I have been a national skater .. Roller hockey player(more precisely)
I was introduced to skating when I was 4/5, was given a break and reintroduced at 10 years .. Again 🙂
So I know a lot of my friends were into skating since they were 3 ..
My dad was keen about sports .. So we were always playing/exploring/learning some sport or the other ..
We took skating as a sport – it was an integral part of our life ..
Activity is different from a sport ..
We were trained properly for skating .. If we had to do 1hr of skating .. It was always 1 hr or even more preparing for it, warm up, exercises, flexibility, crunches and so on ..
Sometimes skating was just skipped 🙂
What I wanted to emphasise is .. Our bodies were prepared for skating .. (Since i have been hearing in the groups that legs being not strong enough and all — i really can’t comment on this because we had dedicated coaches and they took care that we were strong and developed us )
Also there are techniques as to how we should be skating ..
1. you would need jonex skates with the brake removed .. to start with and would move on to quads, inline ..
You get the jonex skates in any sports shops .. Plastic skates are a dud and a big NO-NO 🙂
Attaching the pic of jonex .. These are size-adjustable as well
2. You would need bend your knees and skate ..
3. You need to learn to fall first i.e fall on your bums ?
4. You would need to learn balancing on 1 leg at time first and then both the legs ..
5. You would need to learn to brake 🙂
6. You are ready to go 🙂
Skating is/was always fun .. We used to cover places on skates .. Hockey is any day fun to watch or play 🙂
Thank you Amruta Ramsubramaniam for asking me to post 🙂 nostalgic .. 🙂 Much love ❤️